As anticipated, Irish rock group U2 will hit the road for a two-year stadium jaunt that kicks off on June 20 at Nou Camp Stadium in Barcelona, SPA. Dubbed the 360 Tour, the group will play 40 to 45 concerts per year and offer fans affordable ticket options. For the first time, the group will perform in an in-the-round stage configuration.
“U2 has always been at their best when surrounded by their audience, this staging takes a giant leap forward,” said U2’s manager Paul McGuinness in a statement. “With 85 percent of the tickets priced at less than $95, general admission floor tickets priced at $55, and at least 10,000 tickets at every venue priced at the $30 price range, we have worked very hard to ensure that U2 fans can purchase a great priced ticket with a guaranteed great view.” Ticket prices for their previous outing, Vertgo Tour (2005-2006), were priced at $175, $95 and $55.
Ticket sales for shows in Milan, ITA (July 7) and Gothenburg, SWE (July 31) go on sale March 13; tickets for the Amsterdam, NET show (July 20) go on sale March 14. As usual, existing subscribers to U2’s official web site will have an opportunity to purchase tickets in advance of the public on sale date.
On Vertigo, U2’s last tour, the group performed in stadiums internationally but only in arenas in North America.
“North American fans should see U2 in stadiums as well,” Arthur Fogel, Live Nation‘s CEO of Global Touring and chairman of Global Music, told TicketNews. “It’s the first time in 12 years that they played stadiums in North America. It’s a great experience. Both are very good, but very different.”
Produced by Live Nation, U2 360 will hit 14 cities across Europe including dates in Milan, ITA; Gothenburg, SWE; Amsterdam, NET; Paris, FRA; Nice, FRA; Dublin, IRE; Chorzow, POL; Berlin, GER; Gelsenkirchen, GER; London, ENG; Sheffield, ENG; and Glasgow, SCO; before finishing at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, WAL, on August 22. This is the quartet’s first tour as a Live Nation Artist, having signed on with the promoters for most revenue sources except recording and publishing.
The European tour will be followed by dates in North America beginning on September 12 at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL. Dates are confirmed for Toronto, ONT; Boston, MA and New York, NY but not for Atlanta, GA; Charlottesville, VA; Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; Norman, OK; Phoenix, AZ; Tampa, FL; Washington, DC and Vancouver, BC.
Long-time U2 show director Willie Williams has worked again with architect and set designer Mark Fisher (ZooTV, PopMart, Elevation and Vertigo) to create an innovative 360 design, which affords an unobstructed view for the audience.
In keeping with their long-standing tradition, U2 will have different support acts, including Glasvegas, Elbow, Kaiser Chiefs, Snow Patrol and Black Eyed Peas, with additional artists to be announced.
The tour is sponsored by BlackBerry and follows the release of their twelfth studio album, “No Line on the Horizon,” which is already number 1 in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Belgium, Finland, Japan and the Czech Republic.
(Dates are subject to change.)
|June 30||Barcelona, SPA||Nou Camp|
|July 7||Milan, ITA||San Siro|
|July 11||Paris, FRA||Stade De France|
|July 15||Nice, FRA||Parc Charles Ehrmann|
|July 18||Berlin, GER||Olympic Stadium|
|July 20||Amsterdam, NET||Arena|
|July 24||Dublin, IRE||Croke Park|
|July 31||Gothenburg, SWE||Ullevi|
|August 6||Chorzow, POL||Slaski Stadium|
|August 10||Zagreb, CRO||Maksimir Stadium|
|August 14||London, ENG||Wembley Stadium|
|August 18||Glasgow, SCO||Hampden Park|
|August 20||Sheffield, ENG||Don Valley Stadium|
|August 22||Cardiff, WAL||Millennium Stadium|
|September 12||Chicago, IL||Soldier Field|
|September 16||Toronto, ON||The Rogers Centre|
|September 20||Boston, MA||Gillette Stadium|
|September 24||New York, NY||Giants Stadium|